November 5, 2015

Game Changers: Sports Mentoring Program Has Global Impact

In Uganda, a woman is using soccer to inform thousands of young people about HIV/AIDS education and prevention strategies. Another woman in Pakistan is educating parents and increasing societal acceptance of girls playing sports. Both are graduates of an international mentorship program designed to improve lives through sports. Since 2012, fifty women from thirty-nine countries have completed the Global Sports Mentoring Program. One of the major reasons for the success of this US State Department initiative is the expertise is its partner in implementing the program—UT's Center for Sport, Peace, and Society. Read more...

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Eda is Quest Scholar of the Week
Shigetoshi Eda, associate professor in forestry, wildlife, and fisheries, studies immunology and diagnosis of an infectious disease in animals, called Johne's disease. Quest, the campus's comprehensive research initiative, has selected Eda as its Scholar of the Week. Read more...
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Facilities Services Hosts Plumbing Workshop
Want to learn how to tackle plumbing projects and repairs at home? Facilities Services will host a campus workshop, "Facilities Fundamentals: DIY Plumbing Essentials," from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, November 19, in the International House Great Room. Read more...
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Findings on Dust Bowl Effects Garner Media Attention

Thanos Papanicolaou's study of soil health over time is garnering attention in the scientific community. Science news service Phys.Org linked to the study, and the National Science Foundations's Science 360 Newsletter made it the top story of the day. Read more...

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Choral Student Places Eighth in International Quartet Competition
UT senior Hailey Myatt joined a barbershop music group last year after responding to a Facebook message from three members searching for a bass singer to complete their quartet in St. Louis, Missouri. Last month, her group placed eighth in the world at the Sweet Adelines International Quartet Finals in Las Vegas. Read more...
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Daily Beacon Wins National College Media Awards

Members of the staff of The Daily Beacon won two national awards Saturday from the College Media Association during its annual conference in Austin, Texas. Training Editor Troy Provost-Heron took home a first place award for his coverage of UT football. Photographer Justin Keyes won a second place award for best photo illustration. Read more...

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UT-ORNL Study: Calcium-48's 'Neutron Skin' Thinner Than Previously Thought
An international team led by joint UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory faculty used America's most powerful supercomputer, Titan, to calculate the neutron distribution and related observables of calcium-48, an isotope with an atomic nucleus consisting of twenty protons and twenty-eight neutrons. Computing the nucleus revealed that the difference between the radii of neutron and proton distributions—called the "neutron skin"—is considerably smaller than previously thought. Read more...
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CASNR Students Head to Finals in National Competition
UT Foundation Board of Directors to Meet Friday
Gramling, Peery Talk to Nashville Ledger about Trends in Massive Open Online Courses Read more...

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English Lecture: Rita Felski on "Attachment Theory," 3:30 p.m. today Read more...
African American Trailblazer Series: Michael Nettles, 5:15 p.m. today Read more...
Riggsby Lecture on Medieval Mediterranean History and Culture, 5:30 p.m. today Read more...

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On the Red Carpet with Smokey

Smokey walks the red carpet at The Forty-ninth Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday, November 4, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. About forty college mascots, including Smokey, were on stage for Brad Paisley's performance of "Country Nation." (Photo by John Russell/Country Music Association)

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